Adaptation Planning for Coastal Communities

March 20 & 21 (snow date 22nd)

Brunswick Hotel and Tavern, Brunswick, Maine, $40
Coastal communities increasingly realize the need for adaptation strategies, but many are unsure where to begin. This intensive and interactive course provides individuals with a thorough grounding and practical skills for incorporating adaptation strategies into planning processes. Time in class is provided to practice applying what you learn, and opportunities for local collaboration and next steps are emphasized through discussion, participant activities, and local speakers and examples.

You will learn how to:

  • Apply the basic elements of an adaptation planning framework to organize future preparedness efforts
  • Translate climate science into impacts on local community assets
  • Practice a qualitative approach to scope and compile a vulnerability assessment, and describe how to apply the results
  • Identify, compare, and prioritize locally relevant adaptation strategies and actions
  • Describe implementation options for different strategies
  • Recognize the importance of stakeholder involvement in adaptation planning and demonstrate the applicability of engagement processes and tools

Continuing education credits available for Floodplain Managers, Maine Water System Operators, Planners, CEO and Engineers.

NOAA Office for Coastal Management Trainers: Gwen Shaughnessy, Coastal Adaptation Specialist and Mary Culver, Program Manager
Local Speakers:  Curtis Bohlen, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership; Elizabeth Burakowski, University of New Hampshire; Eileen Johnson, Bowdoin College; Martha Sheils, Environmental Finance Center; Peter Slovinsky, Maine Geological Survey; and Damon Yakovleff, Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Partners: Casco Bay Estuary Partnership and Maine Coastal Program.

This workshop was partially supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration award # NA17NOS4190116 to the Maine Coastal Program/Maine Department of Marine Resources.